The Access Student Talent team has connected a number of small businesses with post-secondary students. Learn what organizations have said about working with students and the Access Student Talent program.

University of Waterloo EDGE Program

Women That Give had the wonderful opportunity to work with bright students this year. Thanks to programs like Access Student Talent that help connect businesses to amazing talent and opportunities.

Fawzia Khan, CEO

in-class project

From start to finish, working with the students was an exciting and valuable experience for our small business! The students took on the project with a high level of professionalism, and created marketing projects that were not only interesting but included realistic recommendations that our business could implement immediately. Not only did the outcome exceed my expectations, but the process also was not labour intensive for us as a business. I would highly recommend it to any small business that wants to add some creativity and fresh ideas to any facet of their business.

Corrin Bleskie, Human Resources Consultant

Field Placement

The student I had the opportunity to work with was very intelligent and open to trying new things. Over the weeks, their skill level grew and they seemed to bloom. They were exceptional and a great help to my business.

Owner of Wellness Organization

Field Placement

We had a great experience working with a student from Conestoga College. The student was able to take huge weight off of the numerous tasks involved in running a small business. They produced exceptional work to help us build our brand and show up for our online audience.

Dr. Tara Hosie, Co-Owner

Field Placement

When I connected with the Business Development Coordinator with the Access Student Talent program, they took notes on my needs and went to three local post-secondary schools to inquire as to what students might best support the business. I was thrilled when they prepared an outline of the different options and costs associated with them so I could make my decision accordingly. Thank you for this wonderful program!

Elizabeth Ruth, Founder

Field Placement

I was continuously impressed by the knowledge that the student brought to the table, and the dedication they displayed to resolving any issues that we encountered. The student displayed sharp analytic skills and was able to revamp our SEO which successfully increased traffic to our web site, social media platforms, and client contact rate. I would highly recommend working with this program as it is indeed an asset any company would be fortunate to work with.

Pattie McLean, Owner

In-Class Project

The students we’ve been connected to through the Access Student Talent Program helped us get new perspectives and ideas to move our initiatives forward. It is also an opportunity for us to begin building relationships with people who represent our future community leaders and prospective volunteers.

Scott Verhoeve, Executive Director

In-class project

I was pleased to be able to work with students this year. I had the pleasure of working with 2 groups of students who brought their own knowledge and ideas to 2 unique challenges. The group that assisted me with Habitat For Humanity ReStore and the challenge of adding an online e-commerce portal to our existing brick and mortar stores were able to quickly identify the key issues we faced and creatively provided a number of solutions that we were able to incorporate as we launched our new online stores.

Tom Bileski


We would love to hear from you! Fill out our contact form to be connect with Allison Mitchell, Program Manager of the Access Student Talent Program. Our team will then connect you with the appropriate contact to help your work with students.